The Postal Service is part of the fabric of the nation with employees making a difference in every community across the country. Here’s a look at some of the programs and causes our organization supports.
Postal Facts - U.S. Postal Service
age of baby mailed
In 1913, an 8-month-old baby in Ohio was mailed by his parents to his grandmother who lived a few miles away.
Grandma, can you babysit?
In the early days of Parcel Post, parents sometimes mailed their children if they met the 11-pound weight limit. In 1913, an 8-month-old baby in Ohio was mailed by his parents to his grandmother who lived a few miles away.
The Pony Express was in operation only from April 3, 1860, to Oct. 26, 1861. It was never part of the U.S. Postal Service.
That’s no pony, that’s a big horse
The official name for the “Pony Express” actually was Overland Express Route.
Before they were hired, riders had to swear on a Bible not to curse, fight or abuse their animals.
The service was in operation only from April 3, 1860, to Oct. 26, 1861. It was never part of the U.S. Postal Service.
Megan J. Brennan is the 74th Postmaster General of the United States.
More than 1,400 postal-owned buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Take a closer look
They’re treasures. But they’re not hidden.
Many of our buildings are historic. Inside — and outside — many of our Post Offices, you’ll find impressive works of art that reflect the stories of our people and our nation.
More than 1,400 postal-owned buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Learn more at http://www.nps.gov/nr/research
More than 1,400 murals and/or sculptures from President Roosevelt’s New Deal programs are in our Post Offices around the nation. Learn more at http://wpamurals.com/history.html
About 400 murals have images of Native Americans, according to the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. For more information, go to http://postalmuseum.si.edu/indiansatthepostoffice/index.html
There’s a publication dedicated to Postal Service history, which can be found at http://about.usps.com/who-we-are/postal-history/welcome.htm
Judicial Officer Department
The Postal Service's Judicial Officer Department is a court system that conducts hearings and neutrally resolves a wide variety of disputes involving postal matters.
The Postal Service’s Judicial Officer Department is a court system that conducts hearings and neutrally resolves a wide variety of disputes involving postal matters. Its independent decisions involve contract disputes, employee debt disputes, mail disputes and mail fraud, among many other areas.
The department uses an advanced and widely acclaimed electronic filing and case management system, resulting in virtually paperless litigation. The electronic system is designed to provide maximum, easy and free access to the postal court system for all parties.
The Judicial Officer Department has been conducting an increasing number of its hearings using video technology — from its courtroom to areas around the country — saving time and money for the Postal Service and opposing parties.
Postal Customer Councils connect business mailers with local Post Office leadership to develop more effective and profitable mailings through training and information sharing. About 155 local PCCs support 80,000 members.
providing technical advice
Representing select mailing associations, the Postmaster General's Mailers Technical Advisory Committee works to enhance the value of mail by providing technical advice and recommendations to the Postal Service.
workshops and seminars
The National Postal Forum is an annual mailing industry conference that provides educational and networking opportunities for thousands of business customers. Attendees learn about the latest mail trends and innovations through more than 100 workshops and seminars.
no official motto
The Postal Service has no official motto. It's not this phrase: "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds."
About that motto…
The Postal Service has no official motto. Nope, it’s not this phrase: “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”
Those words are engraved on the front of the James A. Farley Post Office in New York City, set in stone by the architectural firm that built it. The phrase is taken from an ancient book by the Persian historian Herodotus and refers to messengers in the Persian Empire.
But we approve of the sentiment.
first Post Office Department
The Post Office Department was founded in 1775 with Benjamin Franklin as the first Postmaster General. His annual salary was $1,000. That makes us the second oldest federal department. Before 1971, the PMG was a Cabinet member.
boxes in Military Care Kit
The Military Care Kit contains six Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes - two large and four medium - six address labels, one roll of tape and six customs forms. The kit can be ordered online at shop.usps.com at no charge.
Veterans. The Postal Service employs more than 105,000 military veterans. USPS also has issued more than 140 stamps honoring the nation's military history.
about identity theft and fraud
The Postal Service and Postal Inspection Service provide education, tools and information to combat identity theft and mail fraud during National Consumer Protection Week, the Federal Trade Commission's annual awareness campaign.
employees and family members
The Postal Service partners with Be The Match Foundation to help people dealing with life-threatening diseases. Since 1998, more than 61,200 postal employees and their family members have joined the national marrow donor registry - the largest number from a single private or public organization in the United States.
With our carriers delivering to homes where there are pets, the Postal Service during National Dog Bite Prevention Week highlights safety initiatives and dog bite prevention tips to protect employees and customers. In 2017, more than 6,000 employees were attacked by dogs in more than 2,500 cities.
For 105 years, postal employees, charities, and individual and corporate volunteers have helped spread the magic of the holiday season to families in need by answering and "adopting" letters mailed to Santa.
All heart. The Postal Service is the core of the $1.4 trillion U.S. mailing industry that employs more than 7.5 million people.
Heroes. Postal employees regularly go beyond the call of duty to protect the lives of customers they serve, including older and disabled customers through the Carrier Alert Program. In fiscal year 2017, the Postal Service recognized 318 heroic employees.
billion pounds of food
The Postal Service and the National Association of Letter Carriers hold the largest one-day food drive in the nation. Almost 1.6 billion pounds of food have been collected and donated since the campaign began in 1993.